Vision Zero is a transportation policy goal and data-driven strategy to achieve zero traffic deaths or serious injuries on our roadways. Vision Zero challenges the belief that traffic deaths are just the unavoidable price we pay for modern mobility. Vision Zero asserts that these crashes are preventable and therefore unacceptable.
Vision Zero is comprehensive and considers all road users and values the safety of people walking, biking, using a wheelchair or public transit just as much as people driving. This approach looks at how different types of road users interact, and prioritizes the safety of vulnerable road users, such as people walking, because they are the most likely to be killed or injured if there is a crash.
Why does Columbia need Vision Zero?
The primary responsibility of the City of Columbia government is to ensure the safety and well-being of all of Columbia’s residents. One death on Columbia’s streets is one too many. Our City Council, staff, partners, and community are dedicated to the idea that no one should die or suffer a serious injury while traveling on our city streets – whether by foot, bicycle, wheelchair, motorcycle, automobile, public transit, or any other mode. In the last 10 years, there have been approximately 74 deaths and 542 serious injuries on Columbia’s roads.
With the adoption of the Vision Zero Policy, the City of Columbia has set a goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. Other cities across the country have adopted Vision Zero and implemented their own action plans leading to a reduction in traffic deaths and severe injuries. Their successes show us there are steps we can take to reduce and eliminate the serious injuries and deaths that occur on Columbia’s streets.
Through engineering, education, and enforcement, we will make Columbia’s roads safer for residents and visitors alike.
What are the next steps?
The City Manager has submitted a three-year Action Plan to the City Council and teams are being formed to begin the implementation of the plan. The Vision Zero Program Manager and Team Leads will provide an annual update to the City Council each May, but you can also learn more about our efforts and track progress through our web site: www.comovisionzero.org